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West Virginia University

Conference Services Intern

March - August 2021 • Morgantown, WV

What I liked

The atmosphere of the people of worked with and the different tasks I was able to accomplish.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to have had more hands on work with the department heads.

Advice

Make sure to enjoy the different things you are tasked with and to always be a proponent of hard work.
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Orientation Leader

May - August 2021 • Morgantown, WV

What I liked

I liked being able to interact with incoming freshman and share my experience with WVU! This job encouraged me to apply to graduate school in Higher Education Administration, and I am now beginning my program this upcoming summer.

What I wish was different

The first half of the job was online due to Covid-19. I wished this experience was in person as sitting on the computer for eight hours a day was difficult. However, I think we made the best of it! I still enjoyed talking to students over zoom.

Advice

I would share to always be mindful of your words and attitude. While you might think you are having a conversation with a coworker, a family could be nearby. In this role, every little decision you make could influence whether a person stays with their choice of being a student here.
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Fisheries Technician

May - August 2021 • Marshall, VA

What I liked

I got to work in the lab and in the field. The most rewarding part was in fact getting the experience of both settings for a fisheries research and career.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have gotten to interact with more agencies and people. I worked in a one on one setting with a grad student.

Advice

Take every opportunity and ask all questions to get the most out of tour experiences.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - August 2021 • Morgantown, WV

What I liked

I got to do research with my capstone research mentor full-time. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the variety of projects going on in the lab and experience the type of intensive research I will do in grad school.

What I wish was different

The class associated with SURE tended to be at inconvenient times and a lot of the content was not applicable to me.

Advice

Establish a relationship with the faculty member you want to work with before applying, since faculty recommendation is a critical part of the application.
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